A surface antigen delineating a subset of neurons in the primary somatosensory cortex of the mouse

Dorota Nowicka, Monika Liguz-Lecznar, Jolanta Skangiel-Kramska
2003 Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis  
Synapsins are a family of proteins associated with synaptic vesicles that are widely used as markers of synaptic terminals. We decided to investigate synapsin I expression in the mouse primary somatosensory cortex (SI). Immunostaining experiments using a polyclonal antibody against C-terminal domain of synapsin Ia/b (anti-SynI-C) showed an unusual pattern in the SI cortex compared to other regions of the neocortex. The staining delineated the cells located in barrel hollows. The immunoreactive
more » ... The immunoreactive product was located on the perikarya and proximal dendrites of gabaergic neurons found in layer IV and VI of the SI cortex. Other anti-synapsin antibodies did not reveal this pattern within the SI cortex, although in the hippocampus all antibodies examined produced a similar pattern of immunostaining. Deglycosylation of sections resulted in complete loss of immunodecoration on the cell perikarya. We suggest that the anti-SynI-C recognizes a saccharide surface epitope, possibly an element of perineuronal nets that is specific for the primary somatosensory cortex.
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